Niagara-on-the-Lake Tragedy

May 27, 2016

In 2006 a horrific tragedy hit our family. On a beautiful sunny day in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a motor vehicle accident killed my beloved wife.

My seventeen-year-old daughter was in the passenger side of the vehicle as well. Being in critical condition, she was brought by air ambulance to the neuro-trauma ICU in St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. My world and the world of my children was broken into tiny pieces, and our souls were filled with pain and a black void.

“For many years my daughter’s life and mine was a series of hospitals and therapists that consisted of endless psychological, neurological, and psychiatric appointments.

Honestly, I do not know how I could have gotten through this ordeal if chance had not brought me to great people and great professionals, Mr. Leonard Kunka and Mr. Darcy Merkur from Thomson Rogers. St. Michael’s Hospital had given me a list of law firms specializing in personal injury and warned me that they are not allowed to recommend any particular firm and so I randomly chose for myself. As it turns out, I made the best choice possible. During the next eight years that Thomson Rogers was helping us, our family never for an instant doubted that we made the right choice by working with this company.

From the beginning, Thomson Rogers provided many useful services to us as their clients. First, Thomson Rogers fought for our financial rights, successfully working to ensure payments of all our bills by the insurance company as well as representing our interests in legal actions which finished in our favor with two structured annuity settlements.

Second, and perhaps more importantly in our situation, with Thomson Rogers’ initiative and their help , a special support group was created for my daughter and the whole family. This group, at the center of which was Knorr & Associates Inc., coordinated the whole rehabilitation process.

Lisa Bauer, R.N., was the Senior Case Manager and did an amazing job coordinating the work of various organizations and specialists for helping my daughter recover and rehabilitate. We had the opportunity to discuss my daughter’s treatment and progress regularly in conference calls that included attendance from everyone involved in helping us.

Today, almost ten years after the tragedy, my daughter, my son, and I all want to thank the excellent team of professionals at Thomson Rogers for all they have done for us.

We personally thank Leonard Kunka, Darcy Merkur, Merna Daoud, Elena D’Alimonte, as well as Lisa Bauer from Knorr & Associates Inc., who were with us all these difficult years.

We would never wish anyone to go through what our family went through, but if someone does find themselves in similar tragic circumstances, then together with our condolences, we advise working with Thomson Rogers.

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